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The first question that needed to be asked of Barkevious Mingo was the origin of that name.
“My mom just kind of threw it together and wrote it on the birth certificate,” the LSU linebacker/pass-rusher said at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Mrs. Mingo did the same with Barkevious’ brother, whose name is Hughtavius.
But the Mingo brother with the thrown-together first name has made a name for himself. It started at Monroe High School in West Monroe, La., where Mingo was a track athlete who didn’t begin playing football until his junior year. It continued once he got to Baton Rouge, where he didn’t become a fulltime starter until last season.
But when you’re 6 feet 5, weigh 240 pounds, can run the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds and jump 37 inches, those numbers tend to compensate for a lack of elite numbers on the field (38 tackles and 4.5 sacks last season).
Mingo was teammates with defensive end Sam Montgomery at LSU, and Montgomery crashed Mingo’s Q&A session at the combine.
Montgomery: What separates you from the pass-rushers in the draft?
Mingo: “I think my speed separates me from every other guy in this draft. I’m a fast guy and I’ve got a quick first step and I like getting to the quarterback.”
Montgomery: How have you gone about gaining weight?
Mingo: “Maintaining my speed and gaining weight are the goals that I have.”
Mingo was finally asked if he had any questions for Montgomery. “Why are you here?” Mingo asked. “Go home. Go eat.”
Here are some other highlights from Mingo’s Montgomery-interrupted Q&A session:
Q: Do you have any bets with Sam Montgomery?
A: “We’ve had quite a few bets in our career. I think our first one was the first sack for the season. He was supposed to wash my car because I won, and he hasn’t done that. Then, we have most sacks in the season and on down the line.”
Q: Are you a linebacker in a 3-4 or an end in the 4-3?
A: “A lot of coaches have been talking to me about both positions. I feel comfortable playing either.”
Q: Could you play the Leo end spot that the Seahawks and Jaguars use?
A: “I think I can. It’s pretty much playing defensive end in college, the same position. They’re closely related and not really any different.”
Q: Are you too light to play defensive end?
A: “That’s been brought up. My main focus in the offseason is to put on weight. I put on 15 pounds and I’m still as quick as I ever was – still the same first step. And I think I can add more, so it’s not an issue. I don’t think it will be a problem.”
Q: How do you feel about being one of 13 LSU players in this draft class?
A: “Not only does (coach Les Miles) do a great job recruiting, he also does a good job developing his players and also bringing in coaches that help us grow as athletes. The staff at LSU was second to none and they all got us ready to play.”